January 29, 2013

Favourites | January 2013

Here I am people.
I wanted to share my January favourites with you.
Just a quick disclaimer a lot of the products I will be showing were influenced by Estée from EssieButton.

So here they are:

The first product is Caudalie Divine Oil. This product is absolutely stunning! I apply it right after I step out of the shower when my skin is still damp. The smell is contagious! It has sweet notes but is still very therapeutic and spa like. This oil is the only product that has decrease my eczema flare ups. I was very apprehensive to use this on my face and hair. Although this product did seem a bit heavy while my hair was drying, it was barely noticeable when completely dry. It did leave my hair feeling nourished and soft. There were a couple products I was going to mention from The Body Shop as loves for this month but I ended up having a reaction to the products (Wise Women line and Vitamin E line). For now this is standing in as my night cream.

The Caudalie SOS Thirst Serum. This product is amazing on its own and when coupled with my holy grail Antipodes Brightening and Toning Serum does wonders for my skin. I wouldn't say that the Caudalie serum replaces my Antipodes because they do different things for my skin. The Antipodes helps to correct my pigmentation issues while the Caudalie improve the texture of my skin. As you know the texture on my cheeks is quite ugly. The Caudalie makes my skin more supple and hydrated making my naked skin look 'beautiful' and 'improves' the way foundation sits.

I have always wanted to try Nuxe Reve De Miel and after months of looking for it I finally found it. When I first applied it I was grossed out. It left my lips feeling sticky and gross. When I looked at my lips my skin was peeling off. I figured that it was high time to exfoliate my lips. When I did, which by the way I bought Clarins Lip Exfoliate and it couldn't cut through the grossness so I had to use sugar, and re-applied, it left my lips feeling soft and extended the re-applying periods of my Lypsyl. I recommend it as a night treatment I don't like it for day use.

I have been complaining about my gross chapped lips for what seems like decades. I have now found a lip balm that is travel friendly and lets me go 2-3 hrs without re-apply. Lypsyl in the flavour Cherry has become my all-time favourite. It is hydrating, applies clear never leaving a white cast on my lips, it's cheap and it's thicker (Diameter, makes applying quick) then most stick lip balms. The texture is somewhere in between Chapstick and Nivea Essential Lip Care. I love it. I can't be without it. I even gave one to my boyfriend... Because he needs it and if I ever forget mine he has one. That's called planning ahead ladies.

Summer is here baby! I wish. I have loved the Prestige Skin Loving Minerals this month. I do tend to overdo this bronzer/highlighter. I usually end up looking like Beyoncé’s legs when she wears the shimmery tights. Gold Goddess are the words that come to mind when I apply this.

Favourite eyebrow pencil possibly of all time is the Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Light! That’s right, it seems like I have been finding my holy grails in the last couple months.

Aloe Vera Gel by Fruit of the Earth. Oh how I love you! This is the product that helped heal my skin and soothe it. What can I say it’s just perfect! I continue to use it even now that my skin is healed. I feel like it improves the texture of my skin and the pigmentation issues I had. I was trying to find the ingredients and it’s really hard to pin point what exactly is in Aloe Vera Gel. The only ingredient on the bottle is Aloe Vera Gel... Way to go people! I’m pretty sure that multiple teachers have told me throughout life “don’t use Wikipedia” so I found some information on LiveStrong. ‘Cause they’re legit.  You can find the ingredients here. It doesn't look harmful but don’t get it near your eyes this stuff burns.

Now for some geekery... Mouses and keyboards. I know this isn't beauty related but I researched my butt off to find the perfect keyboard and mouse combo for AutoCAD. The mouse I use at work is the Performance MX by Logitech. I can use this baby 6m-10m away from my desk... Not that I would need to do that. The keyboard is the Wireless Solar Keyboard K750. Some people call me crazy for buying these but hey I want to be comfortable at work. Two complaints I have about this keyboard is that when you have CAPS on there is no light! Can we all agree that that’s annoying? Also, if you have smallish hands you might have to get use to how spaced out the letters are. At home I use a Samsung 14” Netbook so this took some getting used to.

Well beautiful. It seems that this is all for January. I can't say that I will be posting these monthly but it feels so good to make this post.

Bye for now.

Favourite Quote:
 Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.
-John Dryden

Blogger Land | Blue Times

I’m sure that new bloggers feel the same way that I do.  Sad when views are down, no subbies or don’t feel motivated to write. The one thing that gets me out of this rut is when people leave comments. I would love to say that this blog is purely for my own entertainment, and I’m sure that on some level it is, but what makes blogging worthwhile, IMO, is making connections. Talking to people with the same interests as you. Making friends and networking.

It has always been my intention to start making videos but I’m never happy with the way they come out. You know the usual thoughts run in your mind, “My nose looks huge at that angle! When did I get a double chin? My face looks disproportionate to my body. WOW, can you speak properly please!” Just last week I uploaded my first YouTube video and within 2hrs I took it down. I was the same with my first blog post and I continue to modify things here on my blog. My main reason for wanting to start a YouTube channel is so you can see my personality. Get to know me better.

It is really hard to make a video and edit it. Then to upload it and wait for a response, it’s painful. For someone who is a perfectionist it’s really hard to say, “I’m going to upload this and just wait”.
Some people find it easy but when you’re talking with the big world you need things to come out nice. I hope that when I do upload something you will be there to greet me. And to all the beautiful Beauty Bloggers and YouTubers that are just starting out congratulations.

I know the following picture has almost nothing to do with this post but I'm around computers all day, everyday and this is how I feel sometimes.